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Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img CONTINUING WORK SHELBURNE COUNTY: Shore Road Shore Road, from Trunk 3 for about nine kilometres to Ford Point Road, has alternating lane closures for paving until Thursday, Aug. 31. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. INVERNESS COUNTY: West Lake Ainslie Road The Hayes River Bridge on West Lake Ainslie Road has a 15-tonne weight restriction. INVERNESS COUNTY: Highway 105 Highway 105, near Whycocomagh, is reduced to one lane for paving until Thursday, Aug. 31. The lane reduction starts about four kilometres west of Exit 4 and continues for 8.4 kilometres west. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Traffic control people are on site. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Mullock Road Mullock Road, from Route 325 going south to Trunk 3, has alternating lane closures for repaving and upgrades. The work is expected to be completed Saturday, Sept. 30. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 102, Exit 2, Night Work Highway 102, southbound lanes, from Exit 2 to Bayers Road are reduced to one lane for road repairs until Saturday, Sept. 30. This is for night work only. Work takes place from 7:30 p.m. to 5 a.m. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trunk 2 Sections of Trunk 2, from the south end of Acorn Drive, near Oakfield, to the Hants County line, are reduced to one lane for patching and paving until Thursday, Aug. 31. Expect delays. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: North West Arm Drive Both southbound lanes on North West Arm Drive are closed during repairs to the bridge over the Chain of Lakes Trail beside First Chain Lake. Traffic is being detoured to the northbound bridge where there is one lane for each direction. Repairs to both bridges are expected to be completed by Thursday, Nov. 30. ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Phinney Bridge, Old Mill Road Phinney Bridge on Old Mill Road in Wilmot, is closed for maintenance work until Saturday, Sept 30. A detour is in place.center_img LUNENBURG COUNTY: Blue Rocks Road Blue Rocks Road, east of the Lunenburg town line to Stonehurst Road, has alternating lane closures for repaving and upgrades. The work is expected to be completed Saturday, Sept. 30. PICTOU COUNTY: Route 245 Route 245, east of MacGee Road, is closed to replace a culvert. A detour is in place. Work should be completed by Thursday, Aug. 31. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Route 316 Route 316 will be down to one lane from Coddles Harbour Bridge to Drum Head Wharf Road for upgrades and repairs to the asphalt and bridge until Friday, Nov. 15. Traffic lights are in place but delays are expected. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Route 329 Route 329, from Deep Cove Road to New Harbour Road, has alternating lane closures for repaving and upgrades. The work is expected to be completed Saturday, Sept. 30. NEW WORK HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Route 333, Prospect Road, Hatchet Lake The intersection of MacDonald Lake Drive and Route 333 (Prospect Road) in Hatchet Lake will be under construction and have occasional stop-and-go traffic while work is being carried out to widen and pave the road. Work will continue until Saturday, Sept 30. Drivers should reduce speed and expect delays. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. YARMOUTH COUNTY: Highway 101 Highway 101 from the Town of Yarmouth for about 6.9 kilometres to Exit 34 at Hebron, is reduced to one lane for road work until Thursday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Signs and traffic control people are on site. -30-last_img read more

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Crescent Point hit by one time charge reports 239B fourth quarter loss

first_imgCALGARY, A.B. – Crescent Point Energy Corp. lost $2.39 billion in its latest quarter as the company took a one-time charge related to its plant and equipment.The oil and gas company says the loss amounted to $4.35 per share for the quarter ended Dec. 31 compared with a loss of $56.4 million or 10 cents per share a year earlier.The most recent quarter included a $3.69-billion impairment charge related to plant and equipment. On an adjusted basis, Crescent Point says it lost $16.3 million or three cents per share for the quarter compared with an adjusted loss of $35.1 million or six cents per share a year ago.Production in the quarter averaged 178,198 barrels of oil equivalent per day compared with 178,975 in the last three months of 2017.In its outlook, Crescent Point says it is on track with its 2019 budget with expected annual average production of 170,000 to 174,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day and capital spending between $1.2 billion and $1.30 billion.last_img read more

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No recognition to Rudrakumarans TGTE in any country

He recalled that the LTTE is banned in the US and so no group linked to the LTTE has the support of the US or any country.The TGTE which has several members in a self styled ‘TGTE Parliament’ had in 2015 decided to push ahead with the  struggle for Tamil Eelam. (Colombo Gazette) The Government says no country has given recognition to the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) led by Visuvanathan Rudrakumaran.Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera told Parliament that while the TGTE is operating in the United States (US) the US does not recognize the TGTE.

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Amid ongoing unrest in Ukraine UN urges restraint respect for human rights

“We are following closely the events in central Kiev and warn against the risk of further escalation, violence and polarisation,” Ravina Shamdasani, spokesperson for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), told reporters in Geneva. “We are particularly concerned at reports of the use of excessive force by riot police and violent acts by some demonstrators.” The Ukrainian capital, Kiev, has been experiencing violent unrest, with thousands of demonstrators marching on municipal buildings in protests reportedly sparked by a Government decision not to sign an agreement on broader integration with the European Union.OHCHR called on the authorities to conduct a thorough, prompt, independent and impartial investigation into all the violent incidents of the past two weeks. “Holding perpetrators of human rights violations and violence accountable, regardless of their status, is essential in times of social unrest and would help restore calm,” said Ms. Shamdasani.She added that the Government must take all necessary measures to ensure that human rights safeguards are upheld during arrest and detention and to avoid unlawful or arbitrary detentions. State authorities must also ensure that detainees are not subjected to torture or any other form of ill-treatment. All those injured must have prompt access to medical care and victims should be able to seek redress. “Ukraine is bound by international conventions guaranteeing the right to peaceful assembly and freedom of expression. We call on all parties involved to exercise restraint to create the conditions for the free expression of opinions,” Ms. Shamdasani stated.OHCHR joined calls made by the Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and other international officials for a meaningful dialogue between all parties to find a negotiated solution. read more

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Medford elder abuse case includes attempted murder and property fraud

first_imgNeither victim in a convoluted elder abuse case knew the other one, Medford police say, but property and court records show that the two seniors Karin Franziska Boldt allegedly tried to kill had been roped into convoluted real estate dealings with her.Boldt, 55, has been arraigned on 30 felony charges that include attempted murder for accelerating two Medford seniors’ medical declines in March 2017, along with aggravated theft counts over financial and real estate dealings well into the six figures since at least 2013, according to court records. In earlier reports, Medford police said she defrauded them of more than half a million dollars.Medford police Lt. Justin Ivens said Boldt attempted to cause the deaths of two seniors by over-medicating them.“That’s one of the key factors that led to a decline in their health,” Ivens said.Boldt is accused of attempting to murder an elderly man March 10, 2017, and attempting to murder an elderly woman nine days later, March 19, according to an indictment filed Monday. The two victims were strangers to each other, according to Ivens.“These two elderly people did not know one another,” Ivens said.The yearlong investigation that led to Boldt’s arrest Friday was intricate and complex, according to Ivens. The U.S. Department of Justice assisted Medford police with “forensic accounting” and other financial sleuthing.“There was so much more to the investigation,” Ivens said. “I’ve seen the reports; it’s a monster.”Boldt is accused of adding her name to the deed of the elderly woman’s condominium, selling it in February 2017, then using the proceeds to buy property in Medford and Klamath Falls, court records and property records show.last_img read more

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Hull Crack Forces Ferry Aurora Out of Service Early for Repairs

first_imgThe ferry Aurora docks in Gustavus in 2010. It’s now in Ketchikan for hull repairs and its annual overhaul. (Photo by Alaska Department of Transportation)The ferry Aurora is out of service a week earlier than expected. A small crack was found last week in its hull. The Coast Guard ordered repairs be made before it resumes passenger service on its Prince William Sound route.Download AudioAlaska Marine Highway spokesman Jeremy Woodrow says the Aurora was sent to Ketchikan’s shipyard, where it was scheduled for other work.“The vessel was going out of service on Aug. 14 to enter its annual overhaul period. Because of that, knowing that we had to do some extensive repairs to the area where the crack was noticed in, we sent the vessel to Ketchikan to have those repairs done.”The 38-year-old ship is scheduled to resume service in October. It’s not yet known what caused the crack.Woodrow says the crack did not immediately compromise vessel safety.The Aurora connects Whittier, Cordova and Valdez. It sometimes sails Southeast routes, mostly filling in for its sister ship, the LeConte.It carries up to 250 passengers and 33 vehicles.last_img read more

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Congenital Heart Defects Top the List

Congenital Heart Defects Top the List

first_imgWhile congenital heart defects are common, particularly among African Americans, awareness of its causes, treatments, and efforts of prevention, remain relatively low. Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week, February 7 – 14, offers an opportunity to raise awareness of both the nation’s number-one birth defect – affecting approximately one in every 125 babies every year – as well as bring attention to ongoing medical and scientific breakthroughs designed to decrease the numbers impacted by various heart defects.Congenital heart defects – those present at birth – are not only preventable, but are further complicated by a lack of routine testing among pregnant women and low rates of newborn screenings. Undetected, conditions that include damage to the heart’s chambers, valves, or blood vessels become life threatening. According to the American Heart Association’s Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics 2012 Update, heart defects continue to be the greatest source of infant deaths related to birth defects.Racial disparities continue to impact survival rates with infant mortality from congenital heart disease highest among African Americans. And while some heart defects carry a genetic link, others are largely influenced by environmental factors such as maternal smoking during pregnancy, maternal obesity, exposure to certain air pollutants, solvents and pesticides, low levels of maternal folic acid ingestion during pregnancy, and poorly controlled pre-pregnancy and gestational maternal diabetes.In 2014, the American Heart Association (AHA) released a scientific statement on the diagnosis and treatment of fetal cardiac disease. Written by a team of cardiac and obstetrical experts with lead author, Mary T. Donofrio, MD, Director of the Fetal Heart Program and Medical Director of the Critical Care Delivery Program for the Fetal Medicine Institute at Children’s National Health System, the statement outlined guidelines for diagnosing and treating fetal cardiovascular problems.“The goal of the fetal cardiologist has now become to understand the fetus as a patient, knowing that the fetal circulation is different from thepostnatal circulation that CHD may progress in utero, and that cardiac function and stability of the cardiovascular system play important roles in fetal wellness,” Donofrio wrote.Fetal wellness assessments that technologically have been proven reasonable and safe, include kick counts and non-stress testing beginning in the third trimester.While some congenital heart defects can be found before birth; others are determined after birth with babies showing bluish tinted nails or lips or having trouble breathing. Certain hospitals screen all babies soon after birth using pulse oximetry screening – which tests the amount of oxygen in the blood and pulse rate. However, pulse oximetry screening is not required in most states. Other heart defects might have no signs at birth and are not found until later in life, during childhood or even adulthood.Sometimes called a hole in the heart, this defect — the most common congenital heart defect — occurs when the muscular wall (septum) separating the bottom chambers of the heart (right and left ventricles) doesn’t fully form. The hole allows oxygen-rich blood to leak from the left ventricle into the right ventricle, instead of moving into the aorta and on to the body. In the right ventricle, the oxygen-rich blood mixes with blood that does not have enough oxygen in it.As medical care and treatments have advanced, infants with heart defects are living longer and healthier into adulthood. Roughly 1.3 million adults in the United States are living with a congenital heart defect.last_img read more

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by Mesfin Fekadu The Associated Press Posted

by Mesfin Fekadu The Associated Press Posted

first_img by Mesfin Fekadu, The Associated Press Posted Jul 16, 2019 9:29 am PDT Beyoncé and docs on R. Kelly, Michael Jackson get Emmy nods FILE – In this Feb. 12, 2017 file photo, Beyonce poses in the press room at the 59th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. Beyonce is dropping a new original song from Disney’s live-action “Lion King.” The song, “Spirit,” will be released later Tuesday, July 9, 2019, and should get a push for Academy Award consideration. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK — Beyoncé’s “Homecoming” film has scored six Emmy nominations, while documentaries on Michael Jackson, R. Kelly and the disastrous Fyre Festival also picked up nominations.With Netflix’s “Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé,” the pop star earned four of the six nominations Tuesday, including bids for producing, writing, co-directing and musical direction. In the outstanding variety special (pre-recorded) category, “Homecoming” will compete with “Springsteen on Broadway.”“Homecoming” also earned nominations for costumes and production design.HBO’s “Leaving Neverland” and Netflix’s “FYRE: The Greatest Party That Never Happened” will both compete for outstanding documentary or nonfiction special, while Lifetime’s “Surviving R. Kelly” is up for outstanding informational series or special.Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban share a nomination for their work on the Tony Awards, and T Bone Burnett scored a nomination for his musical score of HBO’s “True Detective.”Mesfin Fekadu, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Concerns about money laundering unjustified Anastasiades tells MEPs

Concerns about money laundering unjustified Anastasiades tells MEPs

first_imgBy Stelios OrphanidesPresident Nicos Anastasiades told members of the European Parliament (MEPs) in a recent letter that their concerns about Cyprus neglecting its obligations in tackling money-laundering as a European Union member were “unjustified”.He made the statement in a letter on December 18 in response to one sent by 17 MEPs on October 26 urging Cypriot authorities to ditch the island’s cooperation with Russia in a probe against Hermitage Capital founder Bill Browder and instead clamp down on illicit Russian funds.In Anastasiades’ letter obtained by the Cyprus Business Mail on Wednesday, Anastasiades said: “Cyprus is firmly committed to abide by and fully implement all European Union as well as other international instruments and tools in preventing and combating money laundering activities.”“To this end, albeit Cyprus being a regional financial centre offering international business facilities, the authorities recognising the dangers for possible abuse for criminal activities including money laundering, have taken all measures, legislative and administrative, both preventing and repressive, adopting all international measures and practices in this area,” the letter added.Anastasiades said Cypriot authorities had “always acted within the context of the rule of law and respect for human rights in applying the provisions of international instruments, including those for legal (and/or) judicial assistance in criminal matters, and discharging Cyprus’s legal obligations thereunder”.The MEPs letter was prompted by the Cypriot authorities’ decision to challenge an application filed by Browder against the government’s cooperation with Russia in an investigation against him. The investor-turned-activist is leading a campaign for justice for lawyer Sergey Magnitsky who died in a Russian prison after exposing a $230m (€217m) tax fraud. Russian police officers who Magnitsky implicated in the case arrested and subjected him to torture depriving him of access to medical treatment.The 17 MEPs lamented that Cyprus had not prosecuted those involved in the theft and complained that the island’s authorities “stalled or significantly delayed mutual legal assistance requests” submitted by other European countries which investigated the case.Browder resorted to a Cypriot court in September requesting an emergency injunction in an attempt to prevent Cypriot authorities cooperating with Russia in the investigation against him and his associate Ivan Cherkasov. The US-born investor who is now a UK citizen insists that the Russian investigation against him is politically motivated. The Cypriot government froze the cooperation with Russia pending the outcome of the court proceedings, which in turn angered Russia.The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) asked member states four years ago not to cooperate with Russia in its proceedings against Browder and instead follow the US example in adopting punitive measures against those responsible for Magnitsky’s death. Interpol repeatedly ignored Russian arrest warrants against him.Anastasiades’ letter was also forwarded to European Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs Pierre Moscovici, European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality Věra Jourová, the presidents of the European Central Bank (ECB) Mario Draghi and the European Banking Authority (EBA) Andrea Enria and Santiago Otamendi, president of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF).In it, Anastasiades said that Moneyval, the Council of Europe’s money-laundering watchdog, evaluated Cyprus’s -money laundering practices “with very positive results”.The Cypriot president who in late October met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow in an attempt to strengthen Cyprus’s economic ties to Russia, said that the island had neither “stalled nor significantly delayed” cooperation with other European Union countries in probing the Magnitsky case. Putin told Anastasiades that he looked forward in a satisfactory outcome of Browder’s request which would allow Cyprus to cooperate in the future with Russia, the largest client of the Cypriot business services sector.“In lifting this misinformation, I would like to stress that the investigation on the part of the Cypriot authorities is open and continuing… the cooperation with the authorities of a EU member state for execution of their request is in progress and there is no problem in any respect,” he said. “On the contrary, a part of the request has already been executed and delivered”.Anastasiades was referring to the MEPs’ remark that it had taken Cyprus two years to respond to a French request for legal assistance in related investigation.“The competent authorities, the Unit for Combating Money Laundering (Mokas), the police and other law enforcement authorities have a vigorous international co-operation with foreign counterpart FIU (financial intelligence units), and execute formal MLA (mutual legal assistance) requests, including the recognition and enforcement of foreign freezing and confiscation orders,” he said.“Our authorities have consistently been considering the various requests for legal assistance sent by the Russian authorities on this matter, on the basis of the international commitments of the Republic which determining the reasons for which a state may refuse assistance,” taking into account PACE’s 2014 resolution and relevant communications with Interpol and Europol, he said. “The Cypriot authorities have executed a small part of some of the requests and we consider that the information and material given was within the aforementioned context and in line with all cautiousness required”.Anastasiades declined to elaborate on Browder’s case on the grounds that the case was before the court.The president sent his letter almost three weeks after a report in Politis exposed the ties of state attorney Eleni Loizidou with Russian prosecution authorities, based on leaked emails from her private email account. According to the report, Lozidou, meanwhile suspended from her position and currently the subject of a disciplinary investigation, offered and requested favours from Russia. She was in charge of the department for extraditions at the legal service.You May LikeYahoo SearchThe Early Signs Of Type 2 Diabetes. Search Type 2 Diabetes TreatmentsYahoo SearchUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Representative García votes to end costly prevailing wage law

Representative García votes to end costly prevailing wage law

first_img Categories: Garcia News,News State Representative Daniela R. García today voted to repeal Michigan’s antiquated prevailing wage law, ending a rigged scheme that added up to 16 percent to the cost of building schools and other government facilities.Representative García, of Holland, said prevailing wage was instituted in Michigan more than half a century ago and has cost hard-working taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars every year in public works projects that are partially funded by the state. The repeal was prompted by the collection of more than 250,000 signatures by a group opposed to prevailing wages.“It was time to end the antiquated policy of a mandated prevailing wage. This law significantly inflates construction costs and it’s important to provide relief to taxpayers and job creators by allowing the free market to work and determine wages,” Representative García said. “We have made great strides in funding education, but it is discouraging to watch as special interests force school districts to waste taxpayer money because of prevailing wage. With repeal we can give school districts an opportunity to invest more money in educating our children.”The repeal was approved by the Michigan House on a 56-53 vote. The measure also cleared the state Senate, and now becomes law.##### Legislator says millions could be invested into classroomscenter_img 06Jun Representative García votes to end costly prevailing wage lawlast_img read more

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US TV streaming service Aereo is set to launch on

first_imgUS TV streaming service Aereo is set to launch on Google’s Chromecast platform by the end of next month. From May 29, Aereo subscribers will be able to access the firm’s antenna and DVR technology to record and watch live television using Google’s Chromecast device, after updating their Aereo app for Android.“The way people watch and experience television is changing and Google is a pioneer in providing consumers with more choice and flexibility in how they access and experience that media,” said Aereo CEO and founder Chet Kanoija.“We’re excited that Aereo will be Google Cast Ready this May. Consumers deserve more options and alternatives in how they watch television and our team is committed to providing consumers with the best experience possible using Aereo’s innovative cloud technology.”last_img read more

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Nevion and Logic Media will exhibit at ANGA COM in

first_imgNevion and Logic Media will exhibit at ANGA COM in hall 10.2, booth L33. Media transport specialist Nevion is launching a service centre in Germany as part of a joint-initiative with local partner Logic Media. The centre is located at Logic Media’s headquarters just outside Frankfurt and is aimed at providing local support for existing and future customers in Germany.The service centre will handle Nevion’s full suite of media transport and broadcast solutions. These are increasingly based on IP technology and are designed to help broadcasters and service providers transport media over any network from acquisition to home.“We’re helping customers on the journey towards an IP future as managing and transporting professional quality audio and video reliably in real-time is challenging, so it’s important that we can offer strong local technical support” said Kjetil Bonde, Nevion senior vice-president of sales for Europe.“Logic Media is a long-standing and trusted partner of ours and has an excellent understanding of the industries we operate in as well as our products and technology, so this is important news for the German market.”Nevion specialises in transporting media in real-time from the camera to the home. It delivers content for major sporting and live TV events around the world and has provided technology for firms including the BBC, Arqiva, Telefonica, Telenor, BT and AT&T.last_img read more

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Connected settop box Amazon Fire TV has added ser

Connected settop box Amazon Fire TV has added ser

first_imgConnected set-top box Amazon Fire TV has added services from the likes of Disney and Animal Planet.WATCH Disney Channel, WATCH Disney Jr., Animal Planet L!ve, MLB.TV and WWE Network apps have all been added to the platform, with the deals more than doubling its size.WATCH ABC, WATCH ABC Family, NFL Now, A&E, Lifetime, Outside TV, Young Hollywood, North Face TV, Fashion TV, Green TV and Dailymotion will all join by the end of the year, Amazon said announcing its expansion.E-Commerce giant Amazon launched Amazon Fire TV in April as a US$99 (€74) rival to boxes such as Roku, Apple TV and Chromecast.The platform launched in the US with access to Amazon Prime Instant Video, Netflix and Hulu Plus.last_img

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Sharps booth at CES 2015 Sharp showcased a protot

Sharps booth at CES 2015 Sharp showcased a protot

first_imgSharp’s booth at CES 2015Sharp showcased a prototype 85-inch 8K LCD TV at the Consumer Electronics Show last week.The electronics manufacturer claimed the TV is the world’s first 8K LCD display that is compliant with the standards of the first 8K test broadcasts, which are expected to take place in Japan as soon as 2016.“With a native resolution of 7680×4320, this TV is not only the first to be BT.2020 compliant, but also offers 120Hz native panel refresh rate and has a bit depth of 12 bits per pixel and delivers 400cd brightness,” said Sharp.last_img

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Intelsat has launched a nextgeneration IP conten

Intelsat has launched a nextgeneration IP conten

first_imgIntelsat has launched a next-generation, IP content distribution platform and managed service called IntelsatOne Prism. Announcing the introduction, Intelsat said that IntelsatOne Prism is designed to help media companies meet the demands of a “TV everywhere and increasingly over-the-top (OTT) society.”IntelsatOne Prism is designed to allow media customers to conduct multiple content transmissions via one platform – including linear video, file transfer, VoIP, internet access and data exchange.The platform is fully integrated with Intelsat’s global satellite fleet and IntelsatOne terrestrial network and is based on the Newtec Dialog multiservice broadcast solution.“The media landscape is changing rapidly, with video and data services entering a period of unprecedented convergence,” said Peter Ostapiuk, head of media product management, Intelsat.“In order to address the changes occurring in their business models, our media customers want services that support their needs today, but also are adaptable to future formats and standards that may be deployed in the future.“IntelsatOne Prism’s IP technology supports services that provide media customers with the perfect evolution that will extend media IP networking to the sky, delivering reliable, high-quality content contribution and distribution regardless of location or device.”last_img read more

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Skys forthcoming kids app will be device agnostic

Skys forthcoming kids app will be device agnostic

first_imgSky’s forthcoming kids app will be device agnostic, but will not include games content, the operator’s recently-appointed head of kids content has revealed.Speaking at IHS’s PEVE Entertainment Business Futures 2015 event in London this week, Lucy Murphy, said that Sky had recently expanded its kids catalogue from 700 hours to 4,000 episodes – from partners like Viacom, Turner, Disney – though does not plan to move into original kids productions.“Right now we’ve got a lot of content. It’s really the first task to make sure that we present that in a way that people want, that they love, that parents trust, and is a fantastic service,” said Murphy.Asked whether Sky’s kids app would be ‘mobile-first’, Murphy said that “Sky is very agnostic about what the platform is” and that “TVs aren’t going to be kicked out”, but added it’s a “no brainer” that kids enjoy consuming content on mobile devices like tablets.“Mobile usage is definitely increasing with kids. 70% of kids now have access to a tablet, 25% of under-sevens have their own and 30% of eight-to-11s have their own tablet,” said Murphy.She said the app, which was first announced in June and is due to launch in early 2016, would offer a “playful” experience for kids to pick and watch content they want to watch – but will not include games on the service.“Allowing them to watch great things in a playful and intuitive way is really key. But I think in terms of gameplay, Sky at the moment has no plans to include games on the app,” said Murphy.Sky appointed Murphy as its first kids content chief in September. She was previously a producer with shows like Horrid Henry, The Gruffalo and Bing Bunny among her credits, as well as creative director and head of content for soon-to-launch UK kids VOD service Azoomee.In September, the BBC said it will launch a standalone children’s version of popular on-demand service BBC iPlayer next year.The corporation has also outlined plans to develop a service called iPlay, which is designed to act as a “single, online front-door for children” and will included content from the CBBC and Cbeebies channels, alongside interactive formats and games, and child-appropriate content from elsewhere on the BBC.last_img read more

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BT Sport has staged a trial livestream of a UEFA C

BT Sport has staged a trial livestream of a UEFA C

first_imgBT Sport has staged a trial livestream of a UEFA Champions League match in high definition (HD) and high dynamic range (HDR) direct to mobile.The UK sports broadcaster ran the trial this week at Wembley Stadium – during Tottenham Hotspur’s 1-2 defeat to Juventus – using mobile operator EE’s 4G network.The HD HDR footage was broadcast to a range of devices including Samsung’s new S9 smartphone to a new beta version of the BT Sport App.BT said that HD HDR is less data intensive than 4K for both the mobile network and the end-user’s data consumption and provides “a better mobile experience”.“Mobile viewers are an important and growing part of our audience, and we’re constantly focusing on innovating to ensure the best possible experience for our sports fans,” Jamie Hindhaugh, chief operating officer, BT Sport.“HDR is the future for mobile – the technology is perfect for getting the most out of the small screen, with incredible colour and definition.”The move comes after BT last year broadcast the UEFA Champions League final on its BT TV service using HDR in ultra high definition (UHD) with Dolby Atmos sound at a private screening in London.The mobile HD HDR trial was done using a 24 camera Ultra HD set up at Wembley Stadium, with 17 HDR cameras native HDR and the remaining seven cameras converted to HDR 10 PQ.The BT Sport app is available free for BT mobile customers and for EE customers on ‘Max’ plans.last_img read more

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The ITU has finalised the coordination process tha

The ITU has finalised the coordination process tha

first_imgThe ITU has finalised the coordination process that will enable digital switchover to go ahead in Central America and the Caribbean region.  The global telecom body worked with regional regulators the Comisión Técnica Regional de Telecomunicaciones (COMTELCA), the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU) and the Inter-American Telecommunication Commission (CITEL) to finalise the cycle of regional frequency coordination meetings on the use of the VHF band (174-216MHz) and the UHF  band (470-806 MHz) at a meeting last week in Belize City, Belize.That meeting, the final of four that took place across the region over the last 18 months, stablished the basis for formal frequency coordination inter-government agreements for broadcasting and mobile services in the VHF and UHF bands.The participants agreed coordination covering 96% for UHF band and 94% for VHF band of assignable digital TV channels, meaning the percentage of the frequency requirements which are compatible with each other and with operating analogue and other primary services’ stations.“The ITU Regional Frequency Coordination Meetings for Central America and Caribbean region which were finalised this month in Belize greatly facilitate the region’s transition from analogue to digital terrestrial television in the VHF and UHF bands and the allocation of the digital dividend(s) in the UHF band, by ensuring compatible operation between existing radiocommunication services before formal notification of the relevant frequency assignments to ITU,” said ITU secretary-General Houlin Zhao.“The  digital switchover enables the release of the digital dividend, the implementation of which is a major step in reducing the digital divide and probably involves the most important decisions taken by regulators to ensure that mobile broadband is available to all populations at an affordable price. This is a priority for Central America and Caribbean countries to foster a sustainable development of the region,” said François Rancy, director of ITU’s Radiocommunication Bureau.last_img read more

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Left to right Christian Anting Sandra Kraujina A

Left to right Christian Anting Sandra Kraujina A

first_imgLeft to right: Christian Anting, Sandra KraujinaAll Media Baltics has secured the exclusive media rights to English Premier League football from 2019-22 in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. The broadcaster will show over 200 matches per season across All Media Baltics TV channels and streaming services in the region. It will also offer local language commentary in Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian along with a range of highlights and analysis content.Christian Anting, AMB Group CEO said: “Premier League continues to be the most popular domestic football league in the world. The recent successes of the best English teams in European club competitions underlines the quality and attractivity of Premier League.We are delighted to entering into this new partnership with the Premier League and we look forward to providing football fans in the Baltic countries a unique viewer experience across all platforms.”Sandra Kraujina, AMB Group EVP Sports and Partnerships added:“All Media Baltics is the leading premium sports provider in the Baltic region. Our talented production and commentary teams will provide action-packed coverage and expert analysis of more than 200 Premier League live matches per season in three local languages for TV, OTT and Mobile”last_img read more

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THE next Ireland senior team boss Stephen Kenny wi

THE next Ireland senior team boss Stephen Kenny wi

first_img THE next Ireland senior team boss Stephen Kenny will make a poignant return to his managerial roots to oversee an elite Derry team for the Ryan McBride Soccer Sixes held in honour of the former Candystripes captain who passed away suddenly two years ago.Kenny’s involvement is a major coup for this year’s Ryan McBride Foundation event, given that he is currently the Republic of Ireland under 21 manager and will have the honour of succeeding Mick McCarthy as senior boss in 2020. Kenny has enjoyed a decorated career in the League of Ireland where he became one of the most successful managers ever, securing 5 league titles, 3 FAI Cups and 6 league cups as well as a first division title with Derry. ShareTweet A host of former domestic and international stars are scheduled to line out at the Ryan McBride Brandywell Stadium on 5th May 2019 for what is gearing up to be a sell-out event sponsored by sportswear giants O’Neills. Stephen Kenny said he had no hesitation in accepting a request from the Foundation to manage the Derry squad comprised of Dermot O’Neill, Eddie McCallion, Peter Hutton, Barry Molloy, Gareth McGlynn, Ruaidhri Higgins, Gary Beckett, Kevin McHugh, Stephen O’Flynn and current Derry City assistant Kevin Deery. Many of the Derry squad played under Kenny and were part of Derry City’s European adventure in 2006 which came to an end against French giants PSG despite Derry holding the French stars to a draw in the Brandywell.The Dubliner, who managed Derry City FC from 2004-2006 and 2008-2011, is credited with John Quigg for plucking Ryan McBride from junior football and Kenny gave McBride his full senior debut against Shamrock Rovers in July 2011. Bernie MullanBrandywellDerrykieran Kennedyo’neillsRyan McBride FoundationStephen Kenny back as Derry City manager for Ryan McBride event Kenny admitted it would be both a proud and emotional return for next month’s event organised by the Foundation set up in McBride’s memory, starring Derry City (defending champions), Glasgow Celtic, and PFA Ireland Select teams. McBride had scored against Kenny’s Dundalk in a 3-1 win for Derry less than a week before passing away unexpectedly in his sleep at the family home on 19th March 2017, aged 27.Kenny led one of the many heartfelt tributes to the former Derry captain in the wake of his sudden death, describing him as “a ferociously brave player, the bravest I’ve ever seen on a football pitch”.“He was every fan’s favourite player and a great captain of Derry City”, recalled Kenny, who is set to become Ireland international manager after Euro 2020.Speaking this week ahead of the Ryan McBride Soccer Sixes which will be followed by a gala dinner in the City Hotel on 5th May, Kenny said it was an honour to be involved both on the pitch and at the evening event which will feature a Q&A with representatives from the participating teams.“Ryan and the valued role he played in all aspects of his life will be foremost in our thoughts as we continue to support the work of the Foundation established in his memory,” he added. Stephen Kenny coming back to manage Derry City for Ryan McBride eventFormer Glasgow Celtic and Aston Villa legend Stiliyan Petrov has been announced as one of the top flight names on the Celtic team which will be led by the “Derry Pele” Paddy McCourt and includes other fan favourites Jackie McNamara, Tom Boyd, Alan Stubbs, Rab Douglas, Mark Wilson, Simon Donnelly, and Mark Burchill. Kieran Kennedy, Managing Director of O’Neills, lead sponsors, said excitement was now building for the event. “We are delighted at the latest news that Stephen Kenny – widely regarded as one of the best managers in Irish footballing history – will be involved with our event on 5th May, together with the former domestic and international stars announced to date.”An action-packed day of family friendly activities will kick off in the Ryan McBride Brandywell Stadium at 1pm on 5th May 2019. Tickets are £25 adult, £10 child, £60 family of 4. Tickets for the Gala Ball at the City Hotel with Scouse impressionist and online star Darren Farley providing the after-dinner entertainment, are £60/table £600. Tickets are available through the Ryan McBride Foundation on Facebook and Twitter.Stephen Kenny back as Derry City manager for Ryan McBride event was last modified: April 5th, 2019 by John2John2 Tags:last_img read more

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